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Ideas for a slightly celebratory dinner

Looking for somewhere for dinner next Monday that can be easily reached from both Battersea and Islington. It's a birthday evening but we don't want to spend a vast amount. I fancy Italian, but am open to other ideas.

Oct 12, 2011
Jenny Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

3 Dinners in London

I have had some really excellent meals at the Prince of Wales. Having said that, the last meal (six months ago) was not as outstanding as the first (about two years ago).

Going back to the OP's question, what about the Gioconda Dining Rooms? It's a fun place, in the West End, the food is good but not challenging and the prices are reasonable.

Oct 11, 2011
Jenny Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Chabrot Bistrot d'Amis, Knightsbridge, London

I've posted on this restuarant before, as has Limster. I'm not sure why all the posts arent' amalgamated. For the record, I had a pretty dreadful meal there, with poor service and a truly awful attempt at a baba au rhum.

Oct 10, 2011
Jenny Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

One Long, Edible Weekend in London: Please critique and suggest!

Well, I'd definitely book at Terroirs if I were you.

Oct 07, 2011
Jenny Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

One Long, Edible Weekend in London: Please critique and suggest!

How about Ishbilia? I have never got past the mezes, of which there is a large and delicous selection.

If you're planning on going to the National Theatre, I think Mezzanine (in the theatre) is pretty good, though I haven't eaten there for a while. If it's the West End, Terroirs is excellent. I prefer it for lunch rather than dinner - although their wine list is really good (I don't generally drink at lunchtime).

Oct 06, 2011
Jenny Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Loose leaf tea

Most of the replies on this thread seem to be on masala chai. What about ordinary tea? There's a man in the market in Bath who sells very good loose tea, including Samarkand, which is mildly smoky. But Bath is a long way to go for a good cuppa. Any suggestions in London?

Sep 28, 2011
Jenny Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Chelsea for tired people

Thanks for all the advice; I thought some feedback might be useful.

It was just as well we didn't make a reservation for Friday night: we arrived, very tired, later than expected due to waiting at JFK in a line for immigration for an hour and three quarters! Only had the energy to stagger to the nearest Mexican cafe.

The stand-out meal of the trip was at the Modern; I'm sure my brother will post about that.

Next best was Cookshop, which we loved so much for supper we went back for breakfast. Best dish at supper was nectarine salad with spiced hazelnuts, crumbled feta and watercress. The squid was also excellent. The only poor dish was the sorbets, which were overspiced so that one could not taste the fruit. For breakfast there were hash brown potatoes cooked in chorizo fat, very good sausage and beautifully light buttermilk biscuit - similar to an English scone but bigger and better.

Two disappointments: Momo Fuku Ssam at Ma Peche which was dull, alas - my brother loves their other restaurants. And Colicchio, which was dreadful. The bone marrow was good but three pieces is really too much, it's so rich. Meat was just about OK, eggplant was just eggplant, my pizza was positively unpleasant and despite the wood-burning oven, the crust was flabby. I left half of it and the waitress made no comment. The service generally was repulsively insincere and smarmy (not sure if that's a word in American?). "Great choice!" "Good question!" and worst of all, when we declined desserts, becuase the food had been so uninspiring, "I'm proud of you!" which has now become a catchphrase in our family.

Dim Sum A Gogo was good, especially the duck and pork dumplings. On another tired evening we found the Highliner Diner five minutes walk from our hotel and had a very enjoyable low-key supper. The crispy shrimp and calamari also had - unheralded - deepfried slices of lemon. Delicious. The salade nicoise had fresh tuna.

We had a great time!

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Cookshop
156 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

The Modern
9 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

Dim Sum Go Go
5 E Broadway, New York, NY 10038

Ma Peche
15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

Colicchio & Sons
85 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

The Highliner
210 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Sep 26, 2011
Jenny Sheridan in Manhattan

Chelsea for tired people

Thanks, all, those suggestions are really helpful. I don't want to book in advance becasuse I don't know exactly whether (or even if) we'll feel like eating. I reckon we will arrive at the hotel around 7, shower etc so unfortunately will most likely be ready at prime dining time on a Saturday. Colicchio looks great but too expensive for that particular evening. Do you think we could just walk in to Cookshop? Otherwise Westville may be the best choice. Or Scarpetta though I was put off by the loud music on their website.

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Westville
210 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014

Scarpetta
355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

Sep 08, 2011
Jenny Sheridan in Manhattan

Chelsea for tired people

My friend (her first visit) and I will be arriving in New York from London on Saturday at about 7pm. We're staying in Chelsea at the Dream Downtown. We'll be tired and probaby crotchety. Any suggestions for somewhere to eat within walking distance of the hotel that is both soothing and a bit exciting?

Sep 07, 2011
Jenny Sheridan in Manhattan

FOOD MARKET - SOUTHBANK CENTRE SQUARE [London]

I had a delicious bhangra burger there on Sunday, with excellent pickles. Not so thrilled with the Japanese-influenced macarons. I don't know if the market has now closed for the season - does anyone else?

Sep 06, 2011
Jenny Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Cold pork belly, good gammon (SW11)

Well, I think that's just because Dove's has the reputation and looks the part of the Victorian butchers shop more. Hennessy's meat is at least as good and cheaper (and you don't have to put up with Bob Dove's growsing!)

Sep 01, 2011
Jenny Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Cold pork belly, good gammon (SW11)

Dove's butchers in Northcote Road has started a deli counter. Fabulous thick slices of pork belly with excellent crackling (when I roast it and eat it the next day it never crackles), flavoured with Szichuan pepper. And truly excellent roast gammon with a brown sugar and mustard topping, hand cut for you so as thick as you want. Also pretty good baba ganouge and not-bad chicken liver pate.

For meat for home cooking, I prefer the other butcher in the road, Hennessy's.

Aug 31, 2011
Jenny Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Blackberry hedgerows in south London

They were very early this year. I picked about half a kilo on Putney Common on monday but they were small and not very delicious, but should be fine for jam. I also found a plum or perhaps damson tree. Too high to reach but some good windfalls, though the rain will have wrecked them I guess.

There are mulberry trees in Kew Gardens!

Aug 25, 2011
Jenny Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Chelsea buns in Chelsea [London]

Jamie Oliver's near Clapham Junction sometimes has remarkably good Chelsea buns. I am not a fan of St John's but their Eccles cakes are delicious. Where can you find lardy cakes in London?

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St Johns Restaurant
24 Sir Thomas Street, Liverpool L1 6JB, GB

Aug 07, 2011
Jenny Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Bistrot Chabrot Des Amis [London]

I went wih friends last night, and was very disappointed.

The chipirons were no better than the calamari in many ordinary Italian restaurants, the vinaigrette with the asparagus was too vinegary. The red peppers in oil, a special, were good - but I could have done those at home. It's always good to see marow bone on a menu, but this was slightly overwhelmed by the amount of shallots.

Chopped ducks liver had a strange texture for something supposed to be terrine and the gougere, though welcome and unusual in London, was too empty and not cheesy enough. The fruit tart was good, with excellent bscuity pastry but the baba gersois (with armagnac rather than rum) was a disaster, more like sponge cake than baba. I rmember fondly the divine baba I ate at Galvin's Bistro.

A good glass of Ardeche then so-so Picpoul, recommended by the waiter.

This was very mediocre French food. I would expect better in any cheap restaurant in rural France. Did I just hit a bad night?Was the chef off?

Jul 07, 2011
Jenny Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Croissants in London

Thanks, cathodetube. I'll have to try Des Lys's eclairs now.

Jun 28, 2011
Jenny Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Croissants in London

Happily, the two best croissants I've had are here in south London. The Cake Boy's in somewhat inaccessible Battersea Reach are pretty good. But now I've discovered Des Lys in Balham. I ate mine heated briefly in the oven the day after buying it. It had the perfect mix of crumbly crisp exterior and stretchy, buttery, yeasty interior. The quiche was pretty good too, though the macaron was a bit heavy.

The patisserie is run by a very nice Parisian couple.

Jun 24, 2011
Jenny Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

New foodie in London. Looking for the best sandwiches money can buy.

Does a wrap count as a sandwich? The chicken wraps at the Moroccan stall in the market behind the festival hall are delicious. Open Fridays.

I'm a bacon sandwich fan and had a good one recently by the back entrance to the British Museum. When the guy's sister comes back next week he says they will also do Jamaican patties and curries.

Jun 15, 2011
Jenny Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

New/newish markets, London

I should think there were at least 25 stalls. The Batt High Street market is smaller - but also quite convenient from Clapham Junction.

Jun 14, 2011
Jenny Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

New/newish markets, London

For the summer, the Real Food market behind the Festival Hall is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday (once a month the rest of the year, I think). I went late last Sunday. The high point was the Moroccan stall. Pastillas were subtly spiced, with a mix, I think, of cinnamon, sugar, almonds and harissa. The chicken for their wraps was a little hotter but still quite subtle. They had some interesting bottled pickles. I bought some saltmarsh lamb chops from the Wild Food Co. The Comte stall from Borough Market was there too. Lots of other stuff too but the rain drove me away.

There's a new Saturday market in Batttersea High Street. I bought garlic scapes from the Isle of Wight Garlic Co - they are stems and semi-formed flowers of some form of garlic, good as a mildly garlicky veg, fried in olive oil. The French cheese stall looked good and had honey as well. A nice-looking Turkish stall. I bought some less than perfect moutabal from an Iranian (?) stand. There's a longstanding and good greengrocer's shop in the road and a couple of pile 'em high sell'em cheap fruit and veg trucks.

Anyone been to Tachbrook Street (Pimlico)?

Jun 14, 2011
Jenny Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Inexpensive (but amazing!) Food in London

Well, they are not dirt cheap nor are they absolutely amazing, but the cafes in most of the major art galleries and museums are pretty good. The V&A (a beautiful cafe) and National Gallery in particular offer good value for money in places where you're likely to want to go. The British Museum food isn't so good but there you eat at communal tables so you get into interesting conversations.
There's a food market behind the Festival Hall on the South Bank every Friday, Saturday and Sunday where you can get cheap and pretty amazing food to eat there or take away. The Moroccan stall is particularly good. And the Wild Food Co has 5-week-hung Dexter beef burgers. I bought some superlative lamb chops from them too.

May 26, 2011
Jenny Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Where to eat near Wiltons Music Hall? (London)

There is a set meal but it wasn't on when I went there. The salad was a first course but was quite generous and cost I think £9.

May 09, 2011
Jenny Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Where to eat near Wiltons Music Hall? (London)

Thanks for the Rosemary Lane tip, Deansa. We got lost on the way so had limited time but the food was excellent (wine less so). Seared tuna salad with black and white sesame seeds on a shredded salad of spring onions and cucumber, with blobs of intense cucumber essence and a Japanese herb i've never had before called I think chusu, with a marvellously elusive taste. Marvellous melting chocolate pudding with Valencia orange ice cream.

May 07, 2011
Jenny Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Where to eat near Wiltons Music Hall? (London)

I'm taking my brother and his American partner to Iolanthe at Wiltons on Friday. It's near Tower Hill tube and the Tower of London. Is there anywhere half-decent to eat before the show? Wiltons does snacks but they're pretty dire.

May 02, 2011
Jenny Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Al Fresco London

The terace on the top floor of the Oxo Tower has a fabulous view. The food is OK, but not wonderful. Brindisa at South Ken has a couple of outside tables. Lola Rojo has a small terrace on Northcorte Road which is fun for people-watching and eating good tapas especially Saturday lunchtime. If you're feeling flush, or if you stick to the excellent pasta or risotto and desserts, the River Cafe is pretty stunning.

Apr 09, 2011
Jenny Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

A really great olive oil - today's Observer Food Mag

The same co-op also makes zaatar (wild thyme, sesame, sumac, salt). Torn-up pitta or naan bread, sprinkled with olive oil and lots of zaatar and crisped in the oven makes a really nice alternative to crisps.

Mar 29, 2011
Jenny Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

St Johns doughnuts, eccles cakes and bread, the best in London?

You're right, I was thinking of Le Pain Quotidien. Paul's bread is genuinely French.

Mar 18, 2011
Jenny Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

St Johns doughnuts, eccles cakes and bread, the best in London?

St Johns Eccles cakes are really good and very filling - one did me for lunch. They didn't have doughnuts when I went. Next time, I hope.
Re bread, I really like Paul for baguettes. A chain I know ..... but a Belgian one.

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St John
26 St John St, Islington EC1M 4AY, United Kingdom

Mar 17, 2011
Jenny Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

British Cheese

There are two specialist cheese stalls at Borough Market that I like. There's the chaps who sell nothing but wonderful aged Comte - not British I know but so good. And there's a Caerphilly stall that I find exceptional.
Ticklemore goat is good and I think there's a nice Swaledale ewe.

Mar 17, 2011
Jenny Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Where to buy salt cod in London

I spotted some in Tesco in Balham! So maybe they will have it in other supermarkets too.

Mar 04, 2011
Jenny Sheridan in U.K./Ireland